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UPDATE: Sarasota County opens additional shelters

Sarasota County has opened more shelters in preparation for Hurricane Irma.

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11:30 a.m. Superintendent Todd Bowden announced schools would be closed on Tuesday. 

As of 10:30 a.m. all shelters are now pet friendly. 

As of 7 p.m. Saturday, at least 16,000 people were in Sarasota County's shelters. Five have reached capacity, but officials say there's "plenty of room" for more.

Sarasota County announced an updated list of shelters in preparation for Hurricane Irma.

The county announced shelters are open at:

  • Woodland Middle School, 2700 Panacea Blvd., North Port — PET FRIENDLY
  • Atwater Elementary School, 4701 Huntsville Ave., North Port
  • Phillippi Shores Elementary School, 4747 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
  • Heron Creek Middle School, 6501 W. Price Blvd., North Port — PET FRIENDLY
  • Gulf Gate Elementary, 5500 South Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota — PET FRIENDLY

The shelter at Booker High School, 3201 N. Orange Ave., is at capacity, the county announced. Riverview High, North Port High, Southside Elementary and Brookside Middle School also are at capacity.

Not all schools are open for sheltering, so only go to a listed shelter above or on the county's website.

Manatee County has released the following list of shelters, still with capacity, as Hurricane Irma hits the area.

Prine Elementary, 3801 Southern Pkwy W, Bradenton, FL 34205
Gullett Elementary, 12125 44th Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34211
Nolan (special needs), 6615 Greenbrook Blvd, Bradenton, FL 34202
Freedom Elementary, 9515 E State Road 64, Bradenton, FL 34212
McNeal Elementary, 6325 Lorraine Rd, Bradenton, FL 34202
Witt Elementary, 200 Rye Rd E, Bradenton, FL 34212
Miller Elementary,  601 43rd St W, Bradenton, FL 34209
Williams Elementary, 3404 Fort Hamer Rd, Parrish, FL 34219
Seabreeze Elementary, 3601 71st St W, Bradenton, FL 34209
Haile Middle, 9501 FL-64, Bradenton, FL 34212

Lakewood Ranch High School, 5500 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Bradenton, FL 34211, opened as a shelter at 9 a.m., Sunday and now it taking evacuees.

At 5 a.m. Sunday, the School District of Manatee County was hosting more than 21,000 evacuees. Manatee County has made all of its open shelters pet friendly. Click here for a complete list of Manatee shelters. 

For more information or the latest list of Sarasota County shelters, visit the county's website at


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